User Design, Illustration and Typesetting ➜ Our self-published bööks

Here you can find more information about our 3 books: The journey of larks, Life and Punctuation..? They can be ordered from your local up-to-date bookshops, Waterstones, direct from the distributor Central Books, or from many other places. More information can be found on the webpage links below. Enjoy.

 

Illustration from User Design, shows a woman flying on a book over the world

➜ The journey of larks

Link to the book: Journey of larks webpage

Description

The journey of larks is played with language, words, illustration and typographic shenanigans:

  • A wince of dentists.
  • A lot of used car-dealers.
  • A watch of Swiss.

The wit and poetry of this charming collection of collectives, will be gobbled up by anyone who enjoys word play and graphic communication.

Book type

Picture book, word play and graphic communication shenanigans.

➜ Life

Link to book: Life, webpage

Description

A picture-led book (no text) story about one day in the life of somebody.

Book type

Picture book (no text), coffee table.

➜ Punctuation..?

Link to the book: Punctuation..?, webpage

Description

Punctuation..? explains the functions and correct uses of 21 of the most used punctuation marks. It is humorous, fully illustrated using real life scenarios and is for a wide age range (young to ageing) and intelligence (emerging to experts).

Book type

Informative, educational, fun.

Free copies of our books for book reviewers

If you would like to review any of our 3 books and feel you can promote them, we can sort out free copies for you. Contact us and tell us about yourself.

Copyright rules regarding images and photos of our 3 books

You are only allowed to reproduce the pages from the books and images that are shown on this webpage or from the 3 book webpages above. Do not reproduce any other pages, it is not allowed. Reproduction of the front and back cover is allowed.

High-resolution images of the books

If you need high-resolution images of photos of our 3 books above, contact us.

Our business name

In 2015, we updated our name from User Design to User Design, Illustration and Typesetting.

To contact us, and to submit your feedback and comments

Contact us.

Book review list

2021

Helen’s Featured Picks

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Helen from WriteSpace has featured our book Punctuation..? on her Helen’s Featured Picks books webpage. Auckland, New Zealand.

Big Fish Training

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Jo from Brightside Digital Engagement and Emma from Big Fish Training have mentioned our book Punctuation..? with a short comment on their LinkedIn. Reading, U.K.

Is Andrews blog

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Is Andrews offers writing, editing and proofreading services showcased our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Coventry, U.K.

2020

That Explains Things

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Nick from That Explains Things has showcased our book Punctuation..? on his Twitter. Oxford, U.K.

I Love Typography

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Johno from I Love Typography has showcased our book Punctuation..? on their Gift ideas for designers and font people webpage. Vietnam.

Lorraine Forrest-Turner

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Lorraine from Lorraine Forrest-Turner has showcased our book Punctuation..? on her Twitter. Buckinghamshire, U.K.

DropCapCopy

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Graeme from DropCapCopy has showcased our book Punctuation..? on his Instagram. Devon, U.K.

The Big Ideas Collective

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Jacky from the The Big Ideas Collective has showcased our book Punctuation..? on her Twitter. Yorkshire, U.K.

Parents in Touch blog

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Hanna from the Parents in Touch website, has reviewed our book Punctuation..? St Leonards-on-Sea, UK.

Mededitor’s Paragraph Factory blog

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Daniel from his Mededitor’s Paragraph Factory blog, has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Florida, U.S.A.

Editor Group

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Grant on the Editor Group book club book list, has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Sydney, Australia.

2019

Luke’s English Podcast, episode 587 and 588

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Luke on his blog Luke’s English Podcast has done a 2-part podcast discussion of punctuation and a review of our book Punctuation..? They are really interesting to listen to and discuss many aspects of punctuation. Some people might think punctuation is not that important, but it definitely is. We are delighted with the 2 podcasts, well done Luke, great job. Here are the webpage links for part 1 (episode 587) and part 2 (episode 588), the podcasts are downloadable in mp3 format. Paris, France.

Literacy For Pleasure website

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Ross and Phil from the Literacy For Pleasure website have reviewed our book Punctuation..? Brighton, U.K.

2018

Inspire website

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Our 3 books are now on the Inspire website, a place where you can discover, collect and share books.

Blue Wolf Reviews blog

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Janet from the Blue Wolf Reviews blog has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her website. Burnside, Australia.

The Illustrationist blog

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Peter from The Illustrationist blog has showcased our book Punctuation..? on his website [not online anymore]. There was also a giveaway of the book between 1st–5th October 2018. Devon, U.K.

Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators website

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Lynne from the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (SWET) has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her website. Tokyo, Japan.

2017

Letterpress Project website

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Karen from the Letterpress Project website has reviewed our books Life and Punctuation..? on her website. Worcester, U.K.

Carpe Librum book blog giveaway

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Tracey from the Carpe Librum book blog will be doing a giveaway of 1 copy of our 3 books starting today 20th October 2017 until midnight on Friday 27th October 2017. Australia.

Books for Topics website

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Alison has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her website [review not online anymore]. Cambridge, U.K.

The Canadian Homeschooler

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Lisa Marie has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Ontario, Canada.

Lauren Holden copywriter

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Lauren (a freelance copywriter and journalist) has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Lancaster, U.K.

2016

Newsletter of the Canberra Society of Editors

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Farid from the Canberra Society of Editors has reviewed our book Punctuation..? in the newsletter of the Canberra Society of Editors (September to December 2016). Manuka, Australia.

Reading Zone website

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Lorraine a school librarian has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the School Zone section of ReadingZone.com. Surrey, U.K.

The Teacher James blog

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James on his blog has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Brasil.

Editors Victoria newsletter

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Louise from Editors Victoria in Australia reviewed our book Punctuation..? in their August 2016 newsletter. Victoria, Australia.

If you are looking for a compact reference book on punctuation, this is it.

The book is 34 pages long and covers 21 different punctuation marks. It’s even compact enough to punch a few holes in and insert into a folder for easy reference.

With a book like this available, there is really no reason why children should leave school without understanding the difference between a possessive and a plural apostrophe, or spend their time at university with the same dilemma.

For those of us who aren’t in school, or who have our commas, colons and semis sorted, it is still a handy reference book to check on the purpose of a comma or a colon. There are always some sentences that test your understanding of a punctuation rule, and for which this book would indeed be handy. It is also a good book to keep in mind for clients who need assistance with punctuation and would like to do some work themselves.

The book also explains several uncommon punctuation marks: the pilcrow (a word that Microsoft Word doesn’t recognise yet the mark itself is found in Word’s main toolbar); guillemets, what they are and what they are used for; and the interpunct.

The language is straightforward, simple and very easy to read. Make sure you take a moment to look carefully at the images. The messages were not always immediately obvious, but after a second or two I was chuckling that I’d missed the intended meaning.

I recommend this book for anyone wanting a simple reference guide for the rules of punctuation. (Review by Louise Zedda-Sampson)

Boldface blog

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Andy has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Surry Hills, Australia.

separated by a common language blog

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Lynne has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Brighton, U.K.

2015

The Head’s Office blog

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Julia has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Bristol, U.K.

Achilleas Kostoulas’s blog

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Achilleas has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Graz, Austria.

Hannah McCall’s blog

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Hannah has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Basingstoke, U.K.

Editage Insights website

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Yateendra has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the Editage website. Pune, India.

ELT Planning blog

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Peter has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Bangkok, Thailand.

The Literacy Shed blog

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Rob has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Bury, U.K.

2014

Sprachrausch translation blog

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Else has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on her blog. Münster, Germany.

Wow Women on Writing blog

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Margo has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the Wow Women on Writing blog. U.S.A.

American Copy Editors Society

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David Sullivan has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on the American Copy Editors Society website [website not online anymore]. Illinois, U.S.A.

TEFL Geek website

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David has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog TEFL Geek. Coimbra, Portugal.

BEBC – Britain’s First and Leading Specialist ELT Bookseller

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Our book Punctuation..? is now listed on their website.

Humanising Language Teaching magazine

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Hania from Humanising Language Teaching Magazine (year 16, issue 2, April 2014) has reviewed our book Punctuation..? The review can be read on their website. Poland.

Pen & Prosper blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by Jennifer on her Pen & Prosper blog. Chicago, U.S.A.

West Earlham Junior School’s blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by Jon on his West Earlham Junior School’s blog. Norfolk, U.K.

Teen Librarian blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by Matt on his Teen Librarian blog. Chislehurst, U.K.

Big Time Literacy blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by Michelle on her Big Time Literacy blog. Illinois, U.S.A.

Writers Write website

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by Mia on their Writers Write website. Pretoria, South Africa.

The Mashed Radish blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed by John on his The Mashed Radish blog. Laguna Beach, U.S.A.

Patsy Collins blog

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed on her blog [website not online anymore]. Hampshire, U.K.

Keltic specialist ELT online bookshop

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Our book Punctuation..? is now listed on their website [not online anymore]. Oxford, U.K.

Teach them English website

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Adam on his website Teach them English [website not online anymore] has done a review of our book Punctuation..? Istanbul, Turkey.

Dolce Bellezze website

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Dolce on her website Dolce Bellezze has done a mini review of our book Punctuation..? Naperville, U.S.A.

2013

Publication Coach website

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Daphne on her website Publication Coach has showcased our book Punctuation..? Vancouver, Canada.

English Grammar Revolution blog

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Elizabeth on her blog English Grammar Revolution [book review not online anymore] has showcased our book Punctuation..? U.S.A.

Lavengro blog

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Peter on his blog Lavengro has showcased our book Punctuation..? Barcelona, Spain.

The Book Design Blog

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Paul on his blog The Book Design Blog has showcased our 3 books. Manchester, U.K.

childtasticbooks website

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Sam on his blog childtasticbooks [website not online anymore] has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Oxford, U.K.

World’s Strongest Librarian website

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Josh on his website World’s Strongest Librarian has showcased our book Punctuation..? Utah, U.S.A.

Ryan’s Linguistics blog

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Ryan has reviewed our book Punctuation..? on his blog. Atlanta, U.S.A.

Creative Review magazine

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Our 3 books have been featured on the Creative Review feed website [feature not online anymore]. London, U.K.

Omniglot website

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Our book Punctuation..? is now featured on the Omniglot website.

a cLiL to cLiMB blog

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Chiew from the blog a cLiL to cLiMB has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? Spain.

And Read All Over blog

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Joseph on his blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? Espoo, Finland.

Making Noise and Hearing Things blog

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Rachael on her blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? Seattle, U.S.A.

School Librarian Journal, vol. 61, no. 1, Spring 2013

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The School Library Association has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? in their journal. Wiltshire, U.K.

My first thoughts when I picked up this slim volume was that surely we don’t need another book to explain the finer points of punctuation. There are plenty of simple guides around after all and if you want another slant there’s always Lynne Truss’s wonderful Eats, Shoots and Leaves (2003). In fact I was wrong. This very spare book which has only a paragraph on each page really does reduce punctuation to its basics – ideal for a busy teacher who feels insecure in this area or for an older student (GCSE or A Level) who wants revision support. And, simple as it is, it goes way beyond the ‘ordinary’ stuff of full stops, commas and apostrophes although their use is explained.
We’re also told when to use different sorts of brackets: round ( ), square [ ] and curly braces { }. I learned a lot from this book despite having myself written many books for children which teach, among other things, punctuation. I now know, for example, the correct name for ¶ (a pilcrow) and « » which are called guillemets. Each page of this enjoyable, as well as educative, book has a witty childlike drawing as an illustration. I think it could be a useful one for the desktop library to consult when you need a quick answer to a punctuation problem. Susan Elkin

Emily Petersen blog

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Emily on her blog has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? South Kaysville, U.S.A.

Hotch Potch English website

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Sab from the website Hotch Potch English [website not online anymore] has reviewed our book Punctuation..? St Germain, France.

The Writer’s Drawer website

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Beryl from the website The Writer’s Drawer [website not online anymore] has showcased our book Punctuation..? Tel Aviv, Israel.

2012

V&A Illustration Awards 2012

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We have submitted our book The journey of larks to the V&A Illustration Awards 2012 in the ‘book illustration’ category. Wish us luck. London, U.K.

Turner Ink website

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Sarah from the website Turner Ink has reviewed our book Punctuation..? London, U.K.

The Truth About Grammar website

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Jeff Puthuff from the website The Truth About Grammar [website not online anymore] has reviewed our book Punctuation..? California, America.

Word Origins website

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Dave from the website Word Origins has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Toronto, Canada.

Pikaland illustration website

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Amy Ng from the illustration website Pikaland has reviewed our 3 books. Malaysia.

Sentence first website

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Stan Carey from the Sentence first website has reviewed our book Punctuation..? Ireland.

English Language Teachers Experiences website

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Martin Sketchley from the www.eltexperiences.com website has reviewed our book Punctuation..? U.K.

British Book Design and Production Awards 2012

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Our self-published book Punctuation..? came runner-up in the ‘environmental’ category in the British Book Design and Production Awards competition 2012. The book is showcased in the award winners catalogue on page 25. Oxford, U.K.

Skills Workshop website

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Maggie Harnew from the Skills Workshop website has reviewed and showcased our book: Punctuation..? Oxford, U.K.

3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show competition, No. 9, 2012

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From 1,500 entries from 35 countries all over the world, our book The journey of larks has been awarded a merit (young adult category) in the 3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show competition, no. 9, 2012. New York, U.S.A. A subsequent printed annual will be published later in the year showcasing the work.

The New Yorker

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Our book Punctuation..? has been showcased by Mary Norris from The New Yorker magazine in an article called ‘Semicolons; so tricky’ in the ‘Page Turner’ section. New York, U.S.A.

European Cartoon Centre Cartoonbooks Club blog

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Our 3 books are now at the centre and have been reviewed on their blog. Belgium.

The Designer’s Review of Books

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Andy Polaine from The Designer’s Review of Books has reviewed our 3 books. Wichita, U.S.A.

Copyediting.com

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Erin Brenner from the Copyediting.com website [website not online anymore] has briefly reviewed our book: Punctuation..? U.S.A.

Society for Editors and Proofreaders, Editing Matters magazine

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Our book Punctuation..? has been reviewed in the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, Editing Matters magazine May/June 2012. London, U.K.

Cool Hunting design blog

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The Cool Hunting design blog has showcased our books. New York, America.

The Guardian newspaper: Steven Poole’s non-fiction choice

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Steven Poole has reviewed our book: Punctuation..? in The Guardian newspaper in the Review part on the 30 March 2012. London, U.K.

Under Consideration: FPO (For Print Only)

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Under Consideration have reviewed and showcased 2 of our books: The journey of larks and Life on their website. Austin, America.

Forbidden Planet International blog

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Our books have been reviewed on the Forbidden Planet International blog [website not online anymore], an online store for comics, graphic novels and books. Yorkshire, U.K. Some of the comments by Richard Bruton were as follows:

Regarding the cartoon illustration in general:

The nearest I can get to comparison in my mind is the simple, primitive line art drawings that would accompany the great Spike Milligan, or something almost like the pencil scribbles of John Lennon.

Regarding The journey of larks and Life:

Two are definitely of rather limited appeal to me, yet also have that perfect X factor that could make them huge hits in the novelty book market come Christmas.

Regarding Punctuation..?:

[…] the third really has a chance, if presented and marketed properly, at becoming a required text for every primary and secondary in the land.

The Cartoonist blog

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Our books have been showcased on The Cartoonist blog [website not online anymore] by Ralf Zeigermann (graphic designer, cartoonist and writer). London, U.K.

It’s Nice That (graphic design blog and company)

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Our books have been showcased on their website in the monthly Things, 64 roundup section. London, U.K. One of their comments is as follows:

[…] Punctuation..? which combines illustration and instruction in a manual that should probably be put into the hands of schoolchildren everywhere (and probably a few grown-ups too).

Charlotte Simmonds (It’s Nice That).

Jasmine Hortop’s blog (a picture book lover)

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Our books have been showcased on her blog [website not online anymore]. Birmingham, U.K.

The National Centre for Language and Literacy

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Our books are now at the centre based at the University of Reading, U.K, and on their website [website not online anymore].